Updated Heisman Trophy contenders after Week 8 of college football

In most cases, the Heisman Trophy is a quarterback’s award.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young looks to repeat in 2022, but he has stiff competition from Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker.

But let’s not forget about Michigan running back Blake Corum, who has been on an absolute tear over the last five games.

Also finding his way into the rankings is Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who has 381 yards and 7 touchdowns in his last two games.

I also wanted to highlight some guys you’ve maybe never heard of but are top-five nationally in key stats:

running backs Israel Abanikanda (Pitt), Khalan Laborn (Marshall), Chase Brown (Illinois), and receivers Ali Jennings (ODU) and Keylon Stokes (Tulsa).

My top 30 Heisman contenders, including their odds (courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook) after Week 8:

30. Tulsa WR Keylon Stokes Stats so far: 48 rec, 802 yards, 4 TDs Heisman odds: N/A

29. UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson Stats so far: 149/202, 1,772 yards, 17 TDs, 3 INTs, 269 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +10,000

28. Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. Stats so far: 38 rec, 598 yards, 10 TDs Heisman odds: +10,000 (Buckeyes Wire)

27. Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. Stats so far: 230/339, 2,934 yards, 22 TDs, 4 INTs, 2 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +10,000

26. Old Dominion WR Ali Jennings III Stats so far: 47 rec, 905 yards, 8 TDs Heisman odds: N/A

25. Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim Stats so far: 134 carries, 796 yards, 10 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +9,000

24. Purdue WR Charlie Jones Stats so far: 72 rec, 840 yards, 9 TDs Heisman odds: N/A

23. Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda Stats so far: 157 carries, 959 yards, 14 total TDs Heisman odds: +10,000

22. Marshall RB Khalan Laborn Stats so far: 188 carries, 1,002 yards, 12 TDs Heisman odds: N/A

21. UTSA QB Frank Harris Stats so far: 206/299, 2,538 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs, 319 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs Heisman odds: N/A

20. Mississippi State QB Will Rogers Stats so far: 258/380, 2555 yards, 23 TDs, 4 INTs Heisman odds: +10,000

19. Texas RB Bijan Robinson Stats so far: 162 carries, 920 yards, 13 total TDs Heisman odds: +10,000 (Longhorns Wire)

18. Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez Stats so far: 87/140, 907 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 565 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +9,000

17. UNC QB Drake Maye Stats so far: 162/231, 2,283 yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs, 378 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +5,000 (Tar Heels Wire)

16. USC DL Tuli Tuipulotu Stats so far: 22 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 FF Heisman odds: N/A (Trojans Wire)

15. TCU QB Max Duggan Stats so far: 133/193, 1,871 yards, 19 TDs, 1 INT, 274 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +5,000

14. Alabama OLB Will Anderson Stats so far: 36 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD Heisman odds: +9,000 (Roll Tide Wire)

13. Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders Stats so far: 154/262, 2,030 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs, 352 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +5,000

12. Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei Stats so far: 150/234, 1,803 yards, 17 TDs, 4 INTs, 350 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +8,000 (Clemson Wire)

11. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett Stats so far: 162/229, 2,033 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT, 115 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +3,000

10. Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman Stats so far: 124/193, 1,755 yards, 21 TDs, 3 INTs, 1 rushing TD Heisman odds: +5,000

9. Illinois RB Chase Brown Stats so far: 192, 1,059 yards, 107 receiving yards, 6 total TDs Heisman odds: N/A

8. Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt Stats so far: 40 rec, 769 yards, 12 TDs Heisman odds: N/A (Vols Wire)

7. Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs Stats so far: 98 carries, 672 yards, 301 receiving yards, 9 total TDs Heisman odds: +4,000

6. Oregon QB Bo Nix Stats so far: 153/214, 1,809 yards, 17 Tds, 3 INTs, 382 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +3,000 (Ducks Wire)

5. USC QB Caleb Williams Stats so far: 147/230, 1,971 yards, 19 TDs, 1 INT, 235 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +1,200

4. Alabama QB Bryce Young Stats so far: 142/221, 1,906 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs, 137 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +2,000

3. Michigan RB Blake Corum Stats so far: 146 carries, 901 yards, 13 TDs Heisman odds: +1,300 (Wolverines Wire)

2. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud Stats so far: 133/190, 2,023 yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs Heisman odds: -110

1. Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker Stats so far: 137/194, 2,093 yards, 18 TDs, 1 INT, 315 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs Heisman odds: +200

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